How Chirpify is Cashing in on Twitter

Chris Teso, an ad guy relocated from Boston to Portland, spotted opportunity where some might dread to look: stuff his relatives sold online.

“They were active on Etsy and Craigslist,” he recalls, “and when they posted something for sale, they’d jump on social media to promote it. I thought, what if you could combine the two? Wrap the listing and the payment mechanism together, all in 140 characters or less?”

The result: Chirpify, Teso’s fast-growing start-up, which employs 19 in 5,000 square feet of airy, raw-walled space in downtown’s Loyalty Building.

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